Egypt’s unemployment hits 7.8% in 3 months

15 Nov 2019; MEMO: Egypt’s unemployment rate rose to 7.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 7.5 per cent in the previous quarter, state-run Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced yesterday.

Unemployment in Egypt amounted to 10 per cent of the total labour force in the third quarter of 2018.

Egypt: Israa Abdelfattah to begin thirst strike

14 Nov 2019; MEMO: Detained Egyptian activist Israa Abdelfattah is about to begin a thirst strike to force the prosecutor to open an investigation into complaints that she has been tortured in custody.

Israa was kidnapped by security forces from a street in Cairo on 12 October and taken away in a van to an undisclosed place of detention where she was banned from contacting lawyers or family members.

Calls for Egypt to allow detained Al Jazeera journalist to attend father’s funeral

13 Nov 2019; MEMO: The family of Mahmoud Hussein, the imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist, are calling on Egyptian authorities to give him permission to attend his father’s funeral after he passed away yesterday.

In September Hussein requested permission to visit his father Hussein Jumaa but the request was denied. Jumaa had five strokes in the period of time Hussein has been in prison.

Islamic Jihad announces death of another commander in an Israeli strike

CAIRO, November 13. /TASS/: The radical Palestinian group Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine has declared the death of another commander during Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, TV channel Al Mayadeen reports.

Commander of the Al-Quds Brigades armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, 38-year-old Khaled Faraj, was killed in an airstrike near a farm.

Egyptian FM, UN envoy discuss ways to resolve Libyan crisis

CAIRO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday met with the United Nations envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame to discuss ways to resolve the crisis in Libya.

During the meeting, Shoukry reaffirmed Egypt's call for reaching a comprehensive political settlement in Libya in a way that preserves the unity and integrity of the North African country, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Russian defense minister arrives to Egypt

CAIRO, November 12. /TASS/: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived to the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Tuesday.

During the visit, Shoigu is also expected to head the Russian delegation to the sixth session of the Russian-Egyptian commission on defense cooperation, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Rossiyana Markovskaya told reporters.

Egypt's president meets Bahrain's king, hails "strategic" ties

CAIRO, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met on Thursday with visiting Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where they vowed to continue boosting ties of cooptation between the two countries, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

Sisi hailed the Egyptian-Bahraini relations as "a model of strategic cooperation between fellow Arabs," Egyptian precedential spokesman Bassam Rady said in the statement.

Russian, Egyptian troops hold air defense drills near Cairo

CAIRO, November 7. /TASS/: Air defense troops from Russia and Egypt live-fired surface-to-to air missile systems during their Arrow of Friendship-2019 joint drills near Cairo, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Thursday.

The Russian-Egyptian Arrow of Friendship air defense drills are running on October 26 - November 7. More than 100 personnel of the Southern Military District are representing Russia in the joint maneuvers.

Global activists plan mass hunger strike in support of Egypt political prisoners

7 Nov 2019; MEMO: Activists across the world are planning a mass hunger strike this weekend in solidarity with the 60,000 political prisoners currently being detained in Egypt.

In Egypt political detainees are systematically tortured and deprived of basic rights such as family visits and medical care. They live in squalid conditions, overcrowded cells, are often only allowed to use the toilet just once a day.

More than 10m drug users in Egypt, expert says

6 Nov 2019; MEMO: Director of Toxicology Centre at the Egyptian Kasr El Aini Hospital, Nabeel Abdul-Maqsoud, said yesterday that there are over 10 million drug users in Egypt, including three million addicts, Arabi21 reported.

Speaking to a local TV, Abdul-Maqsoud said that tramadol, heroin and Estrox are the most common types drugs among the Egyptian youths.

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